Accessibility Tools on Your Smartphone That Can Make Your Life Easier

When the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) became law in 1990, few people could have fathomed that we all would own smartphones someday. Three decades later, not only are folks carrying these devices but those with physical impairments — hearing loss, low vision, motor disabilities — are benefiting from the same experiences as everyone else,

Bridge at the Village

Monday nights are prime time for serious competition at Scotia Village. That is the night when the café becomes the home for Bridge at the Village, the community’s bridge club that gathers most weeks for residents and locals who love to get together to play the card game.  Even though the pandemic has put a

These Job Programs Can Help You Find Work During the Pandemic

Ask Maria Heidkamp about the services available to help older Americans get jobs and she’ll answer that there are surprisingly few. That’s because federal workforce policy has been based largely on the idea that older job seekers can just use the same employment assistance programs as younger ones, despite ample evidence that age discrimination and other problems

Bravo! Community’s Theater Scene Attracts Residents and Staff

Many people who come to Scotia Village soon find out that this community is full of surprises. One of the most pleasant and popular surprises happens to be the area’s thriving and talented theater community. Although performances have been put on pause because of the pandemic, residents and staff alike are looking forward to taking

How to Shop for Food and What to Cook During a Pandemic

It’s understandable that when a pandemic hits, our first instinct is to hoard things like white rice, pasta and frozen pizza. And, yes, in general, we want to “stock up” so we don’t have to be running to the grocery store much. But that doesn’t mean you have to eat only processed foods. Ideally, we should seek

Videoconferencing Tips for People With Hearing Loss

You’re in the middle of a videoconference with six coworkers when something on the agenda hits a nerve and everyone begins talking over each other in an effort to be heard. Or perhaps your team leader turns her back to the web camera, and her voice becomes muffled as she talks her way through a

Kathy Henderson’s Words Hit Home 40 Years Later

Forty years ago, Kathy Henderson wrote a heartfelt and poignant tribute to a group of soldiers who undertook a bold mission to save American lives. Little did she know that she would have the opportunity to share her comments, published in the Raleigh News & Observer on January 28, 1981, with one of those soldiers

A Letter from Executive Director Allen Johnson Regarding COVID-19

The past six weeks have been unprecedented. Few of us could have predicted the circumstances in which we currently find ourselves.  For me, the most daunting of circumstances is that there is not a concrete end date to the crisis.  At Scotia Village residents and team are making the best of it.  Our approach has

Expert Advice on Daily Activities During Coronavirus Crisis

With the news about coronavirus changing rapidly, it’s difficult to know how to go about your daily routine. What was considered acceptable behavior — or even possible — three days ago may not be an option any longer. As restrictions on public gatherings are announced and business closings continue, people need to weigh the risks of engaging

7 Ways to Boost Your Loved One’s Morale During the Coronavirus Epidemic

To protect the most vulnerable residents against COVID-19, assisted living, continuing care and skilled nursing communities are raising the bar for casual visits — following federal and health care industry recommendations as coronavirus infections spread across the country. What’s more, at least one state, California, is suggesting that gatherings inside these senior living centers of people susceptible to the

A Pair of Love Stories for Locke MacDonald

Scotia Village resident Locke MacDonald has not one love story to tell, but two. One began when Locke was still in high school but then waited more than half a century to flourish. The other started when Locke was in the Navy and had a chance encounter that ended up bringing together an unlikely couple.

Fraudsters Take Aim at Military Personnel, Veterans

Members of the military, their dependents and veterans lost more than $338 million to fraud during five years ending in 2019, Federal Trade Commission (FTC) data shows. Impostor fraud was the top complaint from military families and veterans during each of those years, but they also fell victim to scams involving online shopping, sweepstakes and

Letter from the Executive Director – Allen Johnson

Click the button below to read the winter 2020 letter from Executive Director Allen Johnson. READ THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR LETTER

How to Find a Part-Time Census Job Near You

If you’re looking for a part-time job with flexible hours and good pay, the Census Bureau wants to hear from you. The agency is seeking to hire more than 500,000 people now to help with the 2020 census, and it has added a new tool to its website to show you exactly where workers are needed the

For Naomi Sapir Helping Others Is a Big Deal

Naomi Sapir has always made volunteering in her community a top priority no matter where she lived, from a beach community in South Carolina to a kibbutz in Israel to her home in Virginia to the gift shop at Scotia Village.   At Scotia Village, she is pleased to volunteer for a number of activities.

IRS Increases 401(k) Contribution Limits for 2020

The annual tax-deferred amounts workers can set aside for their retirement will increase for 2020, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has announced. Next year, the contribution limit for employees who take part in a 401(k) or similar plan, such as a 403(b), 457 or Thrift Savings Plan, will be $19,500, up from $19,000. For workers

How Mindfulness Helps You Lose Weight

You’ve probably heard how the trendy practice of mindfulness can improve your mood or concentration. Turns out, it works for weight loss, too. We know what you’re thinking: Sitting cross-legged can’t possibly burn that many calories. But mindfulness doesn’t work like other dieting tools — it actually works better, at least according to a growing

National Museum of the U.S. Army to Open in June

Nearly 250 years after its founding, the Army is finally getting its own museum. Opening June 4, 2020, the National Museum of the United States Army will be located in Fort Belvoir, Virginia, just outside Washington, and, through artifacts, documents and images, will tell the story of our country’s oldest military branch. It’s meant to

New Director of Sales Feels Right at Home

Will Miller has a lot in common with new residents at Scotia Village. Like them, he and his wife, Kenzie, recently moved to Laurinburg to begin a new chapter in their lives. In Will’s case, however, it was to take on the role of Director of Sales for Scotia Village. And like anyone new to

11th Annual PHI Olympics Photos

Check out some photos of our Scotia Village residents during the 11th Annual PHI Olympics!

Help Deter Identity Theft by Freezing Your Credit

Placing a freeze on your credit data is one of the most effective ways to prevent identity thieves from using your info to steal. I recently went through this process and am here to guide you. Expect it to take 10 minutes of computer time per each adult in your household. Here’s how to do it. (You

Scotia Village Recognized as a Choice Community by Holleran

LAURINBURG, NC – Scotia Village, a continuing care retirement community in Laurinburg, has been recognized for their resident engagement, placing them at the top of the benchmark of communities across the nation.  Scotia Village was awarded Holleran’s Choice Community recognition at the completion of their 2019 Resident Engagement survey. This accolade means Scotia Village is

A Broader View of the World

Dr. Bob Bedingfield doesn’t ask for much. As a former Navy chaplain and retired Presbyterian minister, Scotia Village resident Bob was very clear and direct about what mattered to him and his wife, Nancy, when it came to choosing a continuing care retirement community. “It is very important to me that an organization has to

Can Blue Light From Your Phone Cause Vision Problems?

Checking emails on your smartphone. Watching a movie on your tablet. Devouring the latest best seller on your e-reader. Many of us spend hours a day looking at our devices’ screens, which emit blue light: the high-energy, short–wavelength light that’s also emitted by the sun. Some say it’s bad for the eyes. Indeed, a quick

How Do I Know If I’ll Be Happy Living in This CCRC?

When making a decision about moving to a continuing care retirement community (CCRC), there are a lot of different factors to consider. It’s certainly vital to understand the financial implications and contract details, but there’s something else just as (or maybe even more) important to consider, and you won’t find all the answers in a

The Online Mind: How Internet Use Affects Older Adults’ Cognitive Health

Many of us are struggling to limit “screen time” these days in order to spend less time online. But can using the internet be good for older adults’ cognitive health? In a study of older adults from 14 European countries, researchers investigated how using the internet influences cognitive functioning. As a measure of general online

The Brights Were Just Meant to Be Here

Ralph and Lynda Bright were all set to move from their home near the coast to an active retirement community in the western piedmont when they visited Scotia Village. The community made an immediate impression on the couple. “It was January,” says Lynda, “I remember there was a fire in the fireplace.” “We took to

Health on the Shelf: 14 Superfood Staples

Sometimes you just can’t get to the farmers market. Eat healthfully with what’s on hand. These nutrient-dense superfoods that are shelf-stable put the power of prevention right in your pantry.   Oatmeal It’s a cholesterol buster, thanks to lots of soluble fiber. But keep in mind that all oats aren’t equal. Quick-cooking oats have lost

The Presbyterian Homes wins Excellence in Community Service Award from LeadingAge NC

The Presbyterian Homes, Inc. has been named the 2019 recipient of the LeadingAge NC Excellence in Community Service Award for service programs at each of its three continuing care retirement communities in North Carolina. Click here to continue reading.

Sit, Walk, or Stand? The Better Way for Older Adults to Take a Break

There has been a surge in research suggesting that sitting too much is hazardous to one’s health. But is standing or walking a more effective alternative? One study aimed to test this in relation to older adults’ metabolic health. Sixty adults age 65 to 79 were recruited to participate in one of three experimental conditions.
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